WINDOW displays filled with dusty bric-a-brac that nobody could possibly want, shoes that have seen better days and the faint musty smell emanating from all that fashion faux pas clothing. Charity shops – the reality and the myth, if you dig deep enough you’re sure to find a treasure. But any dedicated charity shopper knows this isn’t always the case.
To save you time rummaging through one bargain bin to another, we’ve found some of the best charity shops London has to offer, guaranteed to be stocked with quality vintage and low cost designer.
61 Westbourne Grove
T: 020 7221 2421/www.traid.org.uk
Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm
Tube: Royal Oak/Bayswater
Mentioned in British and Japanese vogue, this boutique-style shop is stocked with a huge selection of good vintage, high-street and designer clothing. If you love one-off pieces but hate the impact the fashion industry has on the environment, this is the place to come and forage in. The charity is dedicated to minimizing exploitation in the global textile chain and recycles clothing; look out for its renowned remade items.
31 Kensington Church Street
T:020 7376 1098
Mon – Sat: 10am – 4:45pm, Sun: 11am – 5pm
Tube: High Street Kensington
The great location of this particular Trinity Hospice shop means that it’s kept in good stock of designer wear, so you’re bound to unearth a few pieces at a steal.
9 Princes St
T: 020 7495 3958
Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm
Tube: Oxford Circus
Located just off High-street heaven Oxford Circus, this two storey haven adorns a range of designer shoes and sandals. Favoured by Vogue employee’s and a staple spot for London College of Fashion students, this thrifty gem stocks an abundance of faux fur jackets and 1970s skirts and dresses. Ideal for hippy-chic and 70s glam lovers.
Cancer Research UK
24 Marylebone High St
T: 020 7487 4986
Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm, Sat, Sun: 11am – 5pm
Tube: Baker Street
Bag a bargain, and help beat cancer. Accessories, general bric-a-brac and the odd antique find, this charity shop has much to offer. The clothes range from super affordable designer to high street at a fraction of the price, all still in good condition.
19 Churton St
T: 020 7233 8736/www.crusaidshop.com
Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm, Sun: 11am – 3pm
Supporting HIV and AIDs, this particular shop has been branded the ‘Harvey Nics’ of charity and with good reason. Crusaid stocks an eclectic collection of goods and clothing, with designer labels of the likes of Ralph Lauren and Givenchy often donated here, all for ridiculously low prices.
211 Brompton Rd
T: 020 7937 5274
Tube: South Kensington
Another shop benefitting from its great location, the large space is always kept in designer wear by the local residents as well as getting end of line and ex-sale stock from designers and high-street brands. The shop also has a great vintage book department, complete with coffee tables, rugs and old Christie’s catalogues.
7 George St
T:020 7935 2946/www.barnados.org.uk
Mon – Sat: 9:30am – 5:30am
Discreetly located, this charity shop is one of West Ends well-kept secrets. Adorning a selection of work wear and smart shoes, this gem is perfect for any London professional on a budget.
1 Lichfield Terrace,
T: 020 8940 1800
Mon – Sat: 9:30am – 5pm
Label lovers look no further. This charity shop has a constantly rotating stock that includes the likes of Chole, Prada, Versace, Miu Miu, Gucci...clothing and accessories.